Republican Presidential Candidates

#1
You would have thought that in the post-Palin era the Republican Party would have tightened up their selection criteria for their Presidential candidates. Hoewever, it seems that for next year's election they are adamant in again providing the comedy ticket for the rest of the world to look on and gaze in wonder at the cranks they think best represent middle America. The only criteria which seems to be required is 'thicker than a whale omelette'!

Cain on Libya:

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#2
Bewildering that in the US they can't find a presidential candidate that doesn't resemble Homer Simpson in intelligence.

The selection criteria:

1/ I do not think for myself, the only reason I'm in this position is because my backers think for me.
2/ I'm a good looking sonofabitch, wife is photogenic and compliant, and there's no skeletons cause I buried 'em deep.
3/ Lets play the pc card (although we're not quite ready for a woman yet).
4/ Whoever we choose it's guaranteed the rest of the world will pander to...

...Whilst secretly shaking their heads.
 
#4
Google "journolist" (sic), have a look at how an embarrassing story involving Barack Obama was dealt with during the 2008 US presidential campaign (there are plenty of his gaffes and cock ups out there, you just don't get told about them much) and how it was dealt with, and then reflect on media-driven narratives.
Although the JournoList agenda is nothing when compared to Fox News' as delivered by their vangaurd of O'Reilly, Hannity and, latterly, Beck.
 
#5
One Republican who sound fairly reasonable is Jon Huntsman, former Governor, three different ambassador positions, sounds intelligent in ads. Lovely wife!!!

Only problem is he is a Mormon and the Tea Party people have lots of evangelical Protestants who regard Mormons as something like the anti-Christ.
 
#6
Google "journolist" (sic), have a look at how an embarrassing story involving Barack Obama was dealt with during the 2008 US presidential campaign (there are plenty of his gaffes and cock ups out there, you just don't get told about them much) and how it was dealt with, and then reflect on media-driven narratives.
Back during the primary campaign for 2008 the Boston Globe (think - Guardian) which is so very liberal ran a devastating story on Obama and his involvement in multi-million housing development grants to Obama friends who build brand new slums that fell apart while still new. The Globe ran it as he was running against their beloved Hilary Clinton. As soon as it was apparent that Obama was The Chosen One the articles disappeared from the Globe website.
 
#7
One Republican who sound fairly reasonable is Jon Huntsman, former Governor, three different ambassador positions, sounds intelligent in ads. Lovely wife!!!

Only problem is he is a Mormon and the Tea Party people have lots of evangelical Protestants who regard Mormons as something like the anti-Christ.
Not the only problem:
o It's the fairly reasonable bit that is damning with the GOP base
o He collaborated with the stealth Muslim antichrist
o He's also not some rich diletante amusing himself by dabbling in politics which these days is a disqualification.

A prosperous Paultard mate of mine said as honest Ron is a no hoper he'd go for Cain. He got dollar sign eyes over 999 and the vast MSM conspiracy to blacken his name is a plus. I pointed out that a rich black guy accused of goosing white female employees ain't going to play that well in the trailer parks once they've dwelt on it a little and Cain is also a flip flopping ninny who should stick to selling pizza pies.

Bachman is a righteous Teaper but also a politically unrealistic fruit loop who would abolish the food stamps a fair tranche of blue collar Republicans have depended on at some point.

Perry was Godly, had good hair and looked strong but immediately shot himself in the foot by calling the welfare system that supports a lot of elderly GOP voters a Ponzi scheme and proved to have all the resilience of a house of cards.

Newt is up in the polls despite a disastrous start where he called the electorally suicidal Ryan plan to dismantle Medicare social engineering from the right and then forgot himself and cast doubt on global cooling as was the party line earlier in the century. He's by far the cleverest man in the field which would worry some folks but also has a history of wonking himself into a corner and with Congress an electoral liability his former role as head of a similarly sulky body is hardly an asset.

The obvious candidate is the other follower of the Muslamic Mormon cult Mitt who unlike Jon will say just about anything to get elected. He has annoyingly complex policies that take more than three seconds to state and is a robotically able professional pol who might actually have idea how to fix the economy, that's bad enough for the GOP base to swallow but he's also a flip flopper who as Governor implemented something similar scarily similar to the Satanic socialism of Barrycare, i.e. timid insurance reform that Bob Dole and much of the GOP advocated not so long ago. After a little more dithering they'll probably do what the establishment GOP tells them to and settle reluctantly on Romney in the end simply because unlike the rest of the field he's likely to beat the hated Kenyan handily and deliver those precious tax cuts to the "Wealth Creators" who fund US politics.
 
#10
Well half his team are back in the Whitehouse under Barry and they are still shite at running the country.
That's most likely because Barry is too scared to take decisions, wants to please everybody. Ain't gonna happen, especially with the current crop of moronic, right-wing nutters who don't listen to any form of meaningful discussion or logic.

He could have ram rodded his policy when he had a chance (and like the Reps would have done anyways), with majority in both the houses, but now he is a toothless tiger. At least till the results of the next election come through.
 
#11
On Politico Herman Cain: 'I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy' the full quote
He defended his view that presidents and presidential candidates don't need to be immersed in the fine print of world affairs - they simply need to be leaders who can surround themselves with the right people and sift through their advice.
"I'm not supposed to know anything about foreign policy. Just thought I'd throw that out," he said, a dig at his critics.

"I want to talk to commanders on the ground. Because you run for president (people say) you need to have the answer. No, you don't! No, you don't! That's not good decision-making," said Cain.

He expressed sympathy for fellow candidate Rick Perry and his well-publicized freeze-up at a recent debate - a moment that would soon be linked with Cain.
Well he has a point there but it hardly inspires confidence, you might think Cain is simply too uncommitted to the race to bother getting his positions in order. He's a man who has flitted about multiple boards simultaneously and doubtless wings it with gut feeling like a lot of good CEOs, this is very different from being President or even a Governor of a state.

It's somewhat traditional for a potential POTUS to play the bumpkin. Very few have actually been one, even the last Bush was a smarter better informed man than he often appeared to be. The sharp mind and command of facts of Slick Willy or Tricky Dicky may be secondary to picking advisors well but even the apparently doddery Ronald Reagan was a voracious reader of history and politics.
 
#12
Although the JournoList agenda is nothing when compared to Fox News' as delivered by their vangaurd of O'Reilly, Hannity and, latterly, Beck.
Sure one media station versus the cult of Obama among the media in general. Wonder why they didn't want to cover the Obama/Sarkozy remarks? 20 years ago "Journalists" would have jumped on that. But for the Mulatto Messiah crickets from the US Media.
 
#14
**** No, no children would be allowed on white house tours with a registered sex offender in residence....
Wasn't his shagging confined to (barely) above legal aged women? TBH I don't give a toss if someone can't keep it in their pants, as long as they can do the job their paid to do.
 
#15
Sure one media station versus the cult of Obama among the media in general. Wonder why they didn't want to cover the Obama/Sarkozy remarks? 20 years ago "Journalists" would have jumped on that. But for the Mulatto Messiah crickets from the US Media.
I had the impression the MSM leapt on that, but that was probably the Brits who you have probably gathered have limited patience with the Israelis.

I doubt if its just the US press covering for Barry's failure to sufficiently punish Sarko for being nasty about Bibi, anything that's the least bit critical of Israel tends to go make them go stum.
 
#16
Wasn't his shagging confined to (barely) above legal aged women? TBH I don't give a toss if someone can't keep it in their pants, as long as they can do the job their paid to do.
Depends on what the definition of is, is.....

He goes down in history as the 2nd President to be impeached for perjury.
 
#17
**** No, no children would be allowed on white house tours with a registered sex offender in residence....
I'd be more worried about him letting Larry Summers anywhere near the US government again, a mistake Barry repeated.
 
#18
Depends on what the definition of is, is.....

He goes down in history as the 2nd President to be impeached for perjury.
It was a rather grubby episode and not a high point of the Gingrich Congress. I'm no fan of Bubba Clinton but I can actually think of more Presidents that should have been impeached than should not mostly for things far worse than lying about getting a blow job from the help. Most commonly taking the nation to war on a pack of lies which is practically traditional.

Incidentally there's some great footage of Clinton stammering his way through his first big speech to the Dem conference. These guys only become robotically slick after a great deal of practice under pressure. It does not surprise me that the colorful Pizza magnate is basically hopeless at it but how Perry got to be governor of Texas perplexes me. I can only think its stage fright.
 
#19
Depends on what the definition of is, is.....

He goes down in history as the 2nd President to be impeached for perjury.
Too be fair who wouldn't lie about giving an intern a pearl necklace when the wife is breathing down your neck? Look at JFK, went through anything that sat down to piss, even giving David Nivens missus Chlamidya, managed a Cuban missile crisis.
 
#20
I'd be more worried about him letting Larry Summers anywhere near the US government again, a mistake Barry repeated.
Alib - Nice summary about the Republican candidates several posts ago and very true of your concern re Larry Summers. At Harvard he initiated the plans for a large building/property expansion effort and to make sure funds were available forced his agressive investment policies down the throat of the people who invest Harvard's endowment and current cash account. IIRC the losses when the markets melted down were about $13billion for the endowment account and $2billion from the current cash accounts due to the potentially lucrative but risky derivatives/interest rate swaps etc. The Harvard Alumni newsletters made it pretty clear that the losses were due to Summers but The Chosen One made him chair of the council of economic advisors. (Harvards losses were so bad that some meetings I attend switched from decent wine and cheese to spring water and biscuits. - The horror!!)

Comment re Cain - I have heard a bit of complaining from voters of Italian ancestry that his pizza company "Godfathers Pizza" is a bit of an ethnic slur, and one said "How would he like it if an Italian-American ran a place called "Colored Boy Chicken"
 

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